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Meaning of breathing by Wiktionary Dictionary




    1. Present participle of breathe .


    breathing ( plural: breathings )

    1. The act of respiration; a single instance of this .
    2. A diacritical mark indicating aspiration or lack thereof .

Explanation of breathing by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally

    2. the boy was disappointed to find only skeletons instead of living breathing dinosaurs
      the heavy-breathing person on the telephone
    1. the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation

    Definition of breathing by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Breathe ( brēth ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Breathed ( brēthd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Breathing.] [From Breath.]

      1. To respire; to inhale and exhale air; hence;, to live. “I am in health, I breathe.” Shak.

      Breathes there a man with soul so dead

      Who never to himself hath said,

      This is my own, my native land! Sir W. Scott [The Lay of the Last Minstrel].

      2. To take breath; to rest from action.

      Well! breathe awhile, and then to it again! Shak.

      3. To pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to exhale; to emanate; to blow gently.

      The air breathes upon us here most sweetly. Shak.

      There breathes a living fragrance from the shore. Byron.

    2. Breathing n.
      1. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air.

      Subject to a difficulty of breathing. Melmoth.

      2. Air in gentle motion.

      3. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; as, “the breathings of the Spirit”.

      4. Aspiration; secret prayer. “Earnest desires and breathings after that blessed state.” Tillotson.

      5. Exercising; promotion of respiration.

      Here is a lady that wants breathing too;

      And I have heard, you knights of Tyre

      Are excellent in making ladies trip. Shak.

      6. Utterance; communication or publicity by words.

      I am sorry to give breathing to my purpose. Shak.

      7. Breathing place; vent. Dryden.

      8. Stop; pause; delay.

      You shake the head at so long a breathing. Shak.

      9. Also, in a wider sense, the sound caused by the friction of the outgoing breath in the throat, mouth, etc., when the glottis is wide open; aspiration; the sound expressed by the letter h.

      10. ( Gr. Gram. ) A mark to indicate aspiration or its absence. See Rough breathing, Smooth breathing, below.

      Breathing place. A pause. “That cæsura, or breathing place, in the midst of the verse.” Sir P. Sidney. A vent. -- Breathing time, pause; relaxation. Bp. Hall. -- Breathing while, time sufficient for drawing breath; a short time. Shak. -- Rough breathing ( spiritus asper ) ( ). See 2d Asper, n. -- Smooth breathing ( spiritus lenis ), a mark indicating the absence of the sound of h, as in ἰέναι ( ienai ).